Herbs for weight loss, part 2

Licorice root is a flavorful herb that has been used in food and medicinal remedies

for thousands of years.Also known as “sweet root,” licorice root contains a compound

that is about 50 times sweeter than sugar. It is known to satisfy cravings for sweets

and lessen habitual snacking. Eat 1 to 2 sticks a day. Excessive use can raise blood pressure.

Mixing with diuretics may cause potassium depletion and lead to weakness,

muscle pain and paralysis. Mixing with heart medications may cause irregular heart beat or cardiac arrest.

Psyllium is a gentle bulking laxative which contains mucilage to

build mass in the digestive tract and push waste out. It is also

said to reduce feelings of hunger by producing feelings of

fullness. Take 1 tsp. of husk or seed powder dissolved in 2

cups of water or juice 2 to 3 times a day.

It must be consumed with 6 to 8 glasses of water a day or severe

constipation will result. May cause stomach upset, gas, bloating.

Do not use if pregnant or have asthma.  

Seaweed is a good source of trace minerals such as chromium

and iodine. It is also a natural thyroid stimulant and is

usually contained in kelp capsules or tablets. If you suspect

your weight problem is due to a thyroid problem, or if you currently

take any thyroid medication, check with a doctor before taking

kelp or seaweed. 

Dang Shen ginseng is the variety of ginseng often used

as an aid in weight loss. Dang shen works by increasing

metabolism and improving digestion, which helps change

fat into muscle. It is also considered both a strengthener

and an energizer, and is frequently recommended for fatigue,

loss of appetite, prolapsed organs and chronic diarrhea

that results from weakness.        

It is important to remember that herbs work slower but have

a more lasting effect on the body. It may take months to see

noticeable results. This is a good thing. We know that any short-cut

to weight loss is also short-lived. Be patient and pay attention to

your body. Try one or try them all, and see what works best for you.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sasha
    Jul 12, 2010 @ 06:06:35

    Herbal plants used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine are facing extinction.
    Definite cause of concern, as Ayurveda is increasingly being used around the world to treat various disorders such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, ulcers and many others.

    Some herbs that have been identified are – Ulteria salicfolia, Hydnocarpus pentandra, Gymnocladus assamicus, and Begonia tessaricarpa.

    Conservation of traditional herbs and plants should become a high priority for all. Challenge
    becomes more severe as many of these herbs grow in the wild and are not cultivated.

    Planet Green (a discovery.com venture) reported on this earlier this month.

    http://ayurvedagroup.com/blog/2010/93-of-ayurvedas-wild-medicinal-plants- threatened-with-extinction/


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